October 8, 2008

Coast Guard Holds Torrance Beach Drills Today

Helicopters will swarm over the ocean as U.S. Coast Guard officers storm Torrance beach today.

But don't be alarmed.

The Coast Guard is conducting its annual "wet drills," training that allows crews to experience the conditions they might encounter in a survival situation at sea.

Crew members will enter the 64-degree water in the dry suits and life vests they routinely fly in, swim 100 yards to a six-man life raft and receive training in survival techniques.

Signaling devices, including flares, will be deployed.

About 20 pilots and 40 flight mechanics will participate in the training, set to begin at 9 a.m.

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